April 18, 2018 – Plano, TX-based executive search firm Top Gun Ventures has opened a new office in Denver with the addition of Laura Marriott as partner. This is the firm’s eighth location.
“Laura’s global mobile tech and marketing expertise has placed her at the forefront of today’s digital transformation,” said Peter Donovan, managing partner of Top Gun Ventures. “The challenge and opportunity ahead for every industry vertical is to blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. This will take game changing leadership and Laura is perfectly suited to bring clients proven leaders.”
Ms. Marriott has expertise in the private, public and non-profit sectors globally. She previously ran her own strategy consulting firm focused on mobile tech companies. Prior to that, she was CEO and board chairperson of NeoMedia, a public small cap company in the mobile ecosystem. Ms. Marriott has also been global president of the Mobile Marketing Association, a non-profit trade association for mobile marketing, where she played a critical role in building the organization, and the industry, from inception. She has over 20 years of experience in leadership, marketing, product and business development in the tech sector.
In 2006, Ms. Marriott co-founded Women in Wireless within the Mobile Marketing Association. She has long been an advocate for women in leadership positions and continues to serve as a mentor to female entrepreneurs. She is on the advisory board of local tech start-ups in the Boulder, CO and Austin, TX markets – and continues to be an advisor to the Women in Wireless association.
Ms. Marriott has been named one of the industry’s 32 Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising by Business Insider, Mobile Women to Watch by Mobile Marketer, Top 50 U.S. Executives & Top 50 Women in Mobile Content by Mobile Entertainment and Top 10 Women in Wireless by FierceMarkets.
“Laura’s global industry experience in technology, especially mobility and digital media, coupled with her excellent consulting skills, is a huge asset to companies seeking leadership,” said Don Tuttle, managing partner of Top Gun Ventures. “We are thrilled to have Laura as our new partner leading our executive search business from our new Denver office.”
Founded in 2002, Top Gun also has offices in Austin, Boston, Dallas, New York, Palo Alto, Seattle and St. Louis, and reach throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. The firm places CEOs and other senior executives with corporate, venture capital and private equity clients.
Recently, Top Gun promoted Brian Adamik and Bjorn Kirchdorfer to senior partners in Boston and Dallas. Both have been with Top Gun Ventures for about 10 years and have been instrumental in building a national and global business and in significantly contributing to the branding of Top Gun Ventures in the executive search industry.
Booming Denver Market
Denver remains America’s fastest growing city, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The city ranked No.1 on Forbes magazine’s list of the Best Places for Business and Careers, making it a natural landings spot for growth among executive search firms. Here is a look at some recent growth activity in Denver among search firms from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives.
McDermott & Bull has acquired Denver-based Prime-Core Executive Search. Ken Dropiewski, as a result, joins the firm as a principal consultant in the sciences group, specializing in the med-tech space. “The addition of Ken to our firm is a huge win for McDermott & Bull,” said CEO Rod McDermott.
The Hennessy Group has expanded in Denver with the addition of HR veteran Edward Herpel as vice president. He focuses will be on search project management as well as business development in the pharmaceutical / biopharmaceutical sector and other selected industry sectors in life sciences.
Kingsley Gate Partners named Geoff Hall as a new partner to support the firm’s growing life sciences practice in its recently opened Denver office. The Denver metropolitan area is home to a large number of bio tech, pharma and life sciences companies. Among them: ARCA Biopharma, ClearSight, MBC Pharma, SixOne Solutions, Compass Biotechnology …
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media